A description of cultural humility as perceived by nursing faculty in baccalaureate nursing education
Linda Webster, PhD, RN
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In diverse populations, health inequities can exist, thereby contributing to health disparities. A lack of knowledge regarding unfamiliar cultural patterns and practices by health care providers can contribute to miscommunication and mistrust. The willingness to adopt the practices of self-awareness and self-reflection with critique is cultural humility. This concept may help to reduce health inequities and suboptimal health outcomes when a mutual respect for culture and diversity is present.
A foundational, qualitative descriptive study was proposed to investigate cultural humility as perceived by nursing faculty. The purpose of this study was to describe the concept of cultural humility from the perspective of nursing faculty in the educational process of baccalaureate students. An atheoretical approach was adopted for this study. A snowball sampling technique was used to recruit nursing faculty who teach baccalaureate nursing students. Participants were recruited from different universities within Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and South Carolina. Online synchronous focus group sessions were conducted for data collection with participants using a web-based software technology program on a secure server.
Cultural humility is a lifelong process that develops over time. Research findings identified the following themes: self-awareness of one’s own culture; being self-reflective is an ongoing process; respecting other cultures; and being unbiased. Additional themes included: distinguishing between cultural humility and cultural competence; and threading cultural humility throughout the nursing curricula. Subthemes included being respectful and humble; self-discovery of one’s own cultural influences; and walking in another’s shoes. Identified strategies for emulating cultural humility included: nursing simulations; interpersonal communication skill; and role modeling. Additional research findings that offered supportive insight from faculty participants in their description of cultural humility in nursing education were self-critique; critical behavior; and re-direction of thought processes.
Research findings from this study affirmed that cultural humility is a process that requires a lifelong commitment to self-awareness with critical self-reflection with critique of already-held assumptions and beliefs which could be conscious or tacit in nature. Cultural plays a pivotal role in how one views the world. A continued delineation between the concepts of cultural humility and cultural competence is warranted.
There was a gap in nursing research and literature regarding cultural humility dialogue, its conceptualization, and instruction in nursing education. The recognition and demonstration of this concept by nursing faculty was warranted to model for student nurses in an effort to better meet the health care needs of a diverse society overall. As a result, health equity will be better achieved along with a fuller appreciation of nursing care through the lens of cultural humility.
|Review Type||None: Degree-based Submission|
|Research Approach||Qualitative Research|
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